JINSA Policy Staff

Michael Makovsky since 2013 has been President and CEO of the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA), a leading Washington, D.C.-based policy and educational organization focused on U.S. defense and national security issues in the Middle East. Makovsky

Jonathan Ruhe is JINSA Director of Foreign Policy. Prior to joining JINSA, he worked at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), where he focused on Middle East and Former Soviet Union security issues. His commentary has appeared in the Wall Street

John Hannah is the Randi & Charles Wax Senior Fellow at JINSA’s Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy. Hannah served in senior foreign policy positions for both Democratic and Republican administrations, including as former Vice President Dick Cheney’s National Security

Jacob Olidort is Director of Research at JINSA’s Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy. Olidort served in a range of national security roles across the U.S. government, including in the Office of former Vice President Mike Pence and as foreign

Zac Schildcrout is a Policy Analyst at JINSA. He received his Bachelor of Arts in psychology with honors from the University of Michigan and his Master of Arts in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Yoni Tobin is a Policy Analyst at JINSA. Yoni holds a B.A. in International Relations, cum laude with honors, from Boston University. He also holds an M.A. in International Security Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs,

Blaise Misztal is the Vice President for Policy at JINSA. His research interests include Iran and its nuclear program, U.S.-Turkey relations, countering extremism, and strategic competition. Most recently, Misztal was a Fellow at the Hudson Institute. Prior to that, he

Ari Cicurel joined JINSA in September 2018 as a Policy Analyst and has been Assistant Director of Foreign Policy since January 2023. Ari is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he dual majored in Political Science and Judaic